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SADIQ KHAN REFUSES TO SIGN THE MAINTENANCE GUARANTEE – THE END OF THE GARDEN BRIDGE?

28 Apr 2017

Sadiq Khan has written to Lord Davies of the Garden Bridge Trust to explain he will not be signing the maintenance guarantee which offers public finance to underwrite the annual £3m+ maintenance costs of the private development.

This, in effect, means the Garden Bridge will be cancelled as the Mayoral signature is required as a part of the planning conditions from both Lambeth and Westminster.

 

Read Sadiq’s letter here:

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THE GARDEN BRIDGE – A GIFT TO LORD DAVIES FROM US

21 Apr 2017

Lord Davies loves saying that the Garden Bridge is a gift to the nation from generous philanthropists. But ahead of his desired “crunch meeting” with Sadiq Khan it may be worth checking out what kind of gift this is, who it’s from and who is the beneficiary.

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A SECOND RESPONSE TO DESPERATE DAVIES

16 Apr 2017

In response to Dame Margaret Hodge’s damning report into his development, Lord Mervyn Davies this week wrote an advertorial for The Times newspaper. In a piece in which he accused Dame Margaret of providing no facts for her investigation (she did) he failed to proffer any facts in response.

Last September when Lord Merv wrote a similar lump of mess in The Times I provided an annotated response, so felt it best to do the same to this latest desperate outburst:

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FALL OUT FROM THE HODGE INQUIRY

12 Apr 2017

Now a few days have passed since Dame Margaret Hodge published her report into the Garden Bridge, a document in which every sentence is loaded with vitriol, anger and disbelief at the procurement, management and machinations of all involved with the project, let’s step back and have a look at responses to it.

Obviously there has been huge media coverage, and plenty of “it has to be stopped, now” from Assembly Members and those who have been following the debacle closely. However, the extremely brief responses from those closely involved with the development are worth paying attention to first.

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THE HODGE REPORT EVISCERATES THE GARDEN BRIDGE

8 Apr 2017

After nearly six months in the making, Dame Margaret Hodge has published the report of her investigations into the Garden Bridge. Sadiq Khan had asked her to conduct the inquiry to investigate the value for money, costs, conduct and procedures of the project.

You can read the full report HERE. And you should, because what Hodge delivers is 37 pages of absolute evisceration of the Garden Bridge, though fair, cutting and critical.

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